Nestled against a long stunning stretch of the Adriatic coast, a large part of Croatia’s appeal comes from its crystal-clear sapphire waters rippling over pristine beaches and lapping at exquisitely seductive islands such as Hvar, Vis and Korcula. Natural beauty is only part of the story here though, with Croatia boasting a rich and fascinating history as well: ruled over by the Romans, Byzantines, Venetians and Hapsburgs, it is little wonder cultural gems also abound. You will find the port city of Split and bewitching honey-stone Dubrovnik — nicknamed ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ — both brimming with charm, character, and stunningly preserved heritage at every turn.
Curious travelers looking to venture beyond these ancient walled cities and the stunning bejeweled coastline will be rewarded with a bounty of beguilement offered elsewhere in this ancient land. Still terra incognita for many travelers, inland Croatia is full of enchantment where you will come upon a more traditional way of life set amidst landscapes full of wondrous vistas.
Overnighting at hotels in Croatia away from the coast means you can linger longer amidst the stunning scenery of the lake-and-waterfall-strewn Krka National Park and the craggy mountains of the Dinaric Alps; both are havens for cycling and hiking adventures! You will also discover the ancient capital of Zagreb: this is a wonderfully atmospheric pocket-sized city full of enticing medieval cobblestone streets and handsome baroque squares, where you will dine al fresco on delicious seafood and incredible local wines. Good times and feasting are big parts of life here — as Croatians say: Jedi! Jedi! Jedi! (Eat! Eat! Eat!). Make time to explore all the riches this seductive country has to offer from our pick of the best hotels in Croatia and you may find yourself never wanting to leave.